Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve


Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve

Just off the pristine coast of Croajingolong National Park, you'll discover Gabo Island. This island is wild and remote and offers a unique day trip or stay. Book in for a couple of nights at the assistant lightkeeper's residence. Explore the islands unique cultural heritage and wildlife, and stunning landscapes.
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Gabo Island is wild and remote, offering visitors a diversity of unique experiences and a chance to unwind in isolation.

Come for a day trip or stay overnight in the historic assistant lighthouse keepers residence.

The assistant light keepers residence caters for up to 8 people with a 2 night minimum stay and features three bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry and two bathrooms, with all linen provided. Lighthouse tours can be arranged as part of your accommodation package.

Explore the islands rich cultural heritage including the pink granite lighthouse constructed from 1858 to 1862, the monument to the ship "Monumental City", the historic jetty shed and the old cemetery.

Things to do

Father and son bird watching on boardwalk

Bird watching

From bushland to wetlands and everything in between, parks provide habitat to an abundance of common and rare bird species. Go for a wander and see how many you can spot.
A couple walk down the track and away from the Lighthouse at Cape Schank on the Mornington Peninsula.


Learn about the seafaring past of Victoria's rugged and unforgiving coastline at marine and maritime exhibits and sites.
A couple in their twenties chat at the Lakeview lookout in the Grampians National Park.


Observe the dramatic landscapes and coastal scenery of Victoria from lookout vantage points dotted across state and national parks.

How to get there

Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve

Gabo Island is located approximately 14-km from Mallacoota, 500-metres off the coast of Croajingolong National Park in far-east Victoria. Access to and from the island is weather dependent, by boat from Mallacoota or with a licensed commercial aircraft from Merimbula. 

Overnight guests need to be aware that delays in arrivals or departures are occasionally experienced, due to inclement weather.  Visitors should contact their transport provider prior to departure to check that weather conditions are suitable. These delays may last for a number of days. It is strongly recommended that you take enough food supplies and personal medication to deal with such contingencies.

Please contact the lighthouse caretaker on (03) 5158 0255 to advise them of transport arrangements. The caretaker will pick you and your luggage up upon arrival.



When to go

Summer is a terrific time to visit if you want to swim and snorkel in the waters of Santa Barbara Bay, relax on the sandy beach or perhaps drop in a fishing line. With temperatures generally around 20 degrees during the day.  Day visitor numbers increase on Gabo Island during summer.

Little Penguins nest on the island and the best time to watch them coming ashore is after dark from August to December.


Gabo Island offers a unique accommodation experience. Stay in the Assistant Light Keeper’s residence, featuring three bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry and bathroom with all linen provided. There is no internet access in the guest accommodation.
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Need to know

Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Croajingolong closure

    Croajingolong National Park is currently closed due to fire activity in the surrounding area in East Gippsland. For the latest information on fires, visit

    Point Hicks Lighthouse and caravan turning circle access.

    Vehicle access beyond the end of the Thurra campground is currently modified due to ongoing coastal erosion.  Visitors wishing to access the beach at the gate or walk to the Lighthouse need to park at the end of the Thurra campground in the Hiker's carpark.  Please note that this extends the Lighthouse walk to 8 km return (and also extends the West Beach, Saros and Sledge Walks).  Due to this change, caravans greater than 4 metres in length are no longer recommended for Thurra camp as there is no turnaround area available.  These changes are made to ensure visitor safety.

    Attachments: Point Hicks Road Q and A - November 2019 (484KB)

  • Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve

    Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve closure

    Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve is closed for bookings from 1 May - 31 Aug 2020 for scheduled maintenance works.

  • Croajingolong National Park

    Kingfish jetty closed

    Kingfish Point Jetty on Mallacoota Inlet has collapsed and requires significant repair. The jetty is out of use until further notice, which may limit access for some vessels.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Point Hicks Lighthouse access road safe to access

    Restrictions applying to the access road leading to Point Hicks Lighthouse from the Thurra River campground have been lifted from 21 December 2019 in time for the Christmas holidays.
    Recent favourable weather conditions have rebuilt the beach and dunes adjoining the road allowing for safe vehicle access, provided drivers comply with the traffic control measures that are in place.
    Visitors are advised caravans greater than 4 meters in length are not recommended for Thurra River campground as there is limited turnaround area.
    Coastal erosion may reoccur with changes in the weather so Parks Victoria will continue to monitor the road and advise visitors of any future access changes.

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